This week we have a brand new full-featured Cellular Shield and some cool demo videos.Favorited Favorite 0
Hello again. We have another non-traditional week here with new products, but we do have a few videos to check out. We also have a little teaser for something coming soon. Let’s start with that.
And that’s why they call it a teaser…
Remember the new multimeter (that wasn’t yellow) from last week? During the filming of the New Product Post Video, I also filmed a multimeter tutorial video for anyone that wants to get a little more familiar with how they work. If you’re new to electronics and working with multimeters, you might want to check it out.
But Robert, what about new products this week? Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about that. This week we only have one new product, but it’s pretty cool. Let’s see what it is!
Check it out. Your project is sitting outside, there’s no WiFi, no Ethernet, but you have a cellular signal. Instead of giving up on transmitting your precious data to the Internet, or hoping for wireless remote control, you can use our new Cellular Shield. The ZTE MG2639 module, which this shield is built around, supports SMS, TCP, UDP, and can even be used to make or receive phone calls! That means you can send and receive text messages, or use it to remotely connect your Arduino to the Internet. To top it off, it has an integrated GPS receiver, to help it from getting lost. We even have an in-depth tutorial to show you how to get up and running quickly. You’re gonna need a data plan to go with that board though.
The shield works perfectly with the SparkFun SIM Card. If you’re not familiar with SIM card, it’s a pre-paid card that gives you unlimited data for 6 months. There are no contracts, no extra fees, and unlimited (albeit throttled after 1GB) data. The 6 month time period starts from when you purchase the card and is automatically turned off at the end of 6 months. It’s the easiest way to get data into your device.
Lastly, we have a throw-back video for a classic product that we felt needed a bit more attention. Check out our new demo for the classic Thermal Printer.
OK, that’s all I have for this week. As always, thanks for reading, thanks for watching, and be sure to check back next week, we have a couple surprises up our sleeves. See you then.